CityGuide: Vancouver

Things to do in Vancouver

Updated March 2014

Beautiful Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, B.C. PHOTOGRAPHY © RUBENS ABBOUD/ALAMY

Olympic host, coastal jewel: the city of Vancouver has many faces. For the savvy traveller, its pleasures are more than skin deep. Knowing where to look can reveal a 100-year-old forest park with a secret suspension bridge; a hotbed of high fashion where designers come to make their name; a hands-on lesson in essential West Coast cuisine, and much more. Vancouver isn’t just a great place to visit — it’s a state of mind.

Where to Stay

The Fairmont Pacific Rim offers views of the mountains and Coal Harbour. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

The Fairmont Pacific Rim
 has one of the most impressive addresses in the city: at the edge of Coal Harbour, in the historic financial district. The 377 rooms are elegantly decorated in champagne and wood tones, with clear views of the North Shore Mountains. Located on the fifth floor, the Willow Stream Spa (the city’s first) has 11,000 square feet of pampering space, with nine treatment rooms, a Nail Spa and an outdoor patio complete with private cabanas. Executive chef David Wong combines flavours from both east and west at his pan-Asian restaurant Oru, which has the largest sake cellar in Vancouver. 

Looking for more hotel suggestions for your trip to Vancouver? Here are the top 10 places to stay in Vancouver as voted by our Aeroplan Members:


Fairmont Pacific Rim


Fairmont Waterfront


Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver


Pan Pacific Vancouver


The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver


Delta Vancouver Suites


Westin Grand Vancouver


Sheraton Vancouver – Wall Centre


Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel


Best Western Plus Downtown Vancouver


Where to Dine

Praised for its food just as much as the scenery surrounding the restaurant; Teahouse in Stanley Park was voted by our Aeroplan Members as the top place to eat while in Vancouver. Providing its guests with the serene natural beauty, the restaurant is nestled in the west end of Stanley Park, offering jaw dropping views of English Bay and Burrard Inlet. Once seated and settled, you can take advantage of the local seafood by enjoying the restaurant’s fresh British Columbia Salmon which is served in lemon caper sauce with broccolini, potatoes and asparagus. The staff is continually praised for being attentive and dedicated to ensuring your meal is as every bit as pleasant as your journey through Stanley Park.

Need more dinning inspiration? Here are the top 5 places to eat while in Vancouver as voted by our Aeroplan Members:


Teahouse in Stanley Park


Vij’s Restaurant


Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar




L’Abattoir Restaurant


What to Do 
Stanley Park

Aeroplan Members thoroughly enjoy the outdoors so it is no surprise that Stanley Park was voted as the place to visit while in Vancouver. With an abundance of different activities and sights to experience (including the aforementioned Teahouse in Stanley Park) you will want to set aside a whole day for your visit to Stanley park. Whether it’s riding on the Stanley Park Miniature Train, cycling along the 22 km long seawall path, or trekking through the park’s forest on one of the many trails that traverse the park, you will be sure to leave with a new found appreciation for nature. Enjoy the sights, breath in the fresh air and bathe in the natural beauty found along each step. A trip to Stanley Park showcases true Canadian Beauty while maintaining its close urban proximity making the perfect way to enjoy your time in Vancouver.

Looking for even more things to do in Vancouver? Here are the top 5 things to do in Vancouver as voted by our Aeroplan Members:


Stanley Park


Granville Island


Vancouver Aquarium


Grouse Mountain Skyride


Vancouver Lookout

 Let us know if our Aeroplan Members got this list right. What is your “must do” in Vancouver?

2 Responses to “CityGuide: Vancouver”

  1. Paul Swinwood September 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    My son has just started a race car driving experience at Mission Raceway outside Vancouver you get to drive a race prepared car around a race track with an instructor.
    See he may be interested in a partnership with aeroplan if that is possible.

  2. Martina November 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    What a nice way to be introduced to Vancouver if one has not yet been there! It is, however, always nice to know about details one may not have thought of, even if one is familiar with this lovely city.